Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Linda began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living-room space to DVD sets of The Wire and never looked back.

Linda was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Since 2003, she has been a contributor to, where she has written about books, movies, television and pop-culture miscellany.

Linda's work has also appeared on Vulture (New York magazine's entertainment blog), in TV Guide and in many, many legal documents.

Linda lives in Takoma Park, Md., where she devotes herself to her nephews, her scruffy friends and perfecting her recipe for iced coffee.



Tue June 7, 2011
Monkey See

What Does It Mean When A Politician Takes Full Responsibility?

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admitted yesterday to sending a lewd Twitter photo of himself to a woman and then lying about it.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

What does it mean to "take responsibility"?

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Wed June 1, 2011
Monkey See

The Grand Rapids Lip Dub: A Giant Street Party Set To Music

Originally published on Wed June 1, 2011 10:28 am

A screencap from the Grand Rapids Lip Dub.
Youtube screen capture

If you were online over the Memorial Day weekend, you may well have seen The Grand Rapids Lip Dub.

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Wed May 18, 2011
Monkey See

What's The Fall TV Season About? Masculinity, Fairy Tales, And The '60s

Tim Allen stars on ABC's new sitcom, Last Man Standing.
Randy Holmes ABC

It's only natural, I think, that my eyes have crossed after hearing about more than 30 new fall shows from four networks in the last three days — with the CW still to come tomorrow. But it's not too early to take note of some of the emerging themes that will make multiple appearances on the fall schedule.

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Mon May 16, 2011
Monkey See

Donald Trump Is Not Running For President, In Case You Thought He Would

Donald Trump, seen here in April, announced to TV journalists today that he will not be running for President.
David Becker Getty Images

Donald Trump's flirtation with running for president apparently came to a halt today as he announced during the NBC upfront presentations (where the network presents its fall schedule) that he would not be running. And, of course, he can therefore continue to appear on The Celebrity Apprentice — whew!

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Tue May 10, 2011
Monkey See

Dick Van Dyke Talks About His 'Lucky Life' And What Stan Laurel Left Him

Crown Publishing Group

On Tuesday's Morning Edition, Dick Van Dyke talks to Renee Montagne about his new book, My Lucky Life In And Out Of Show Business, and touches on everything from the beginning of his career in television to the eulogy he gave at the funeral of one of his heroes, Stan Laurel.

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